Affiliated with British Dressage, the Centre has hosted events on their behalf for over 20 years.
These are generally held monthly at all levels from Prelim to advanced PYO (including Grand Prix where judge availability permits) all year round. We even run Freestyle Dressage to Music classes too.
Quest Club is a series of events run by British Dressage encouraging the less serious riders to either compete at Intro, Prelim and Novice levels in MyQuest individual classes or team together with 3-4 friends and compete in TeamQuest classes. The nice thing about TeamQuest is all team members can ride at the same level so you could have 4 riders competing all at Intro level if you want - its great for building team spirit and confidence without the added stress that often comes without prompt on a show day. Quest Club runs from January to August for the Summer season, qualifying for a semi-final in September and a final in October. And new from 2023 a short Winter series running September to December with one final early in the new year
But we recognise not all of you want to join British Dressage and look to have a more related competition life so almost all our unaffiliated dressage runs typically Intro to Novice levels, typically we also run a PYO class where any test included music can be selected.
All of our unaffiliated dressage shows are 'come as you are' meaning you do not need to wear show gear and can have any combination of tack on if you want - all we do is deduct a -2 penalty per rule offence for wrong tack or clothing as per British Dressage rules. There will be no elimination either, except in the event of a fall. We do ask however that you get into the habit of displaying 2 bridle/saddle cloth numbers and wear gloves. Despite BD banning the Quantum bridle, in our unaffiliated dressage comps this bridle is allowed.
During the summer months we run evening dressage too.
New in 2020, the Kent Winter Dressage Challenge kicked off, culminating in a final in Spring the following year. We are just about to start our fourth season of this highly successful series!
Finally we also run monthly Online Dressage where you can record your test at home and send it in to be judged, Lazy Start d=Dressage (essentially the same as Come As You Are but not starting before 12noon) and Introduction to Dressage which is purely for first time competitors, new combinations, baby horses out for their first show or those genuinely requiring more practice,
In 2017 we kicked started our new British Showjumping affiliation with a new team.
We currently hire our course in from SMP Events who provide a fantastic service of providing bright and vibrant obstacles and build as per our course builders plan which is forwarded in advance
We have Senior Cat1 dates from April and May, as well as regular Club and Just For Schools shows which are open to anyone to enter
We also host clinics with Essex based BS accredited coach and course designer David Everett
Well what can I say other than this is just great fun for all with small prizes for the class winners.
We start as low as 30cm and encourage riders to be led/assisted at this level. We peak at 1m classes at our unaffiliated events,
In 2021 we started to intersperse clear round 'classes' between our height classes and this format has proved really popular.
From January to July we host Sunshine Tour qualifiers too.
Through the summer we also run evening jumping splitting usually across 2 days in 1 week to be able to cover all heights.
New to 2023 is Lazy Start Jumping which doesn't start before 12noon and Introduction to Jumping which is only heights 30cm to 55cm but with restrictions encouraging the true beginners (horse and or rider) to have a go
All our show jumping events must now be entered online in advance. Riders are then given a drawn order individual jumping time. This format came in during return to show under COVID measures in 2020 and has enabled all competitors to plan their day more easily and have a little more calm on the show ground on show day. From our point of view we know how many people are coming and can staff up and stock the Coffee Shop accordingly!
A fun clinic aimed at everyone! Whether you have a happy hacker, youngster, oldies, competition horse or childs pony, I cater for everyone.
This clinic will help with horse confidence, rider confidence, help bomb proof your horse and socialisation for horses.
The clinic can either be done ridden, in hand or you can start in hand and then get on board once you have tackled the obstacles.
Some months there will be a timed competition for each group with the fastest participants over the day winning prizes.
Visiting professionals hire the arena or venue to host their own events and clinics.
For the jumping enthusiasts, Essex based BS course builder & trainer David Everett is on board with regular clinics throughout the year.
In 2022 Confidence Clinics have been introduced run by Jo Carroll Equine Services. These are aimed at the riders wanting to build up to a little course of jumps. Starting with polework and finishing on a teeny tiny course of jumps.
Showing Shows have come back on the calendar in 2022 with both LB Equestrian Events, PoshNags and Pukka Ponies all hosting different scheduled events for the showing community, some with qualifiers for Equifest and Sunshine Tour.
We are looking for new ideas for 2022 and beyond so welcome you to contact us - we're cheaper than you think with hire for clinics on a per horse per hour basis. Hire for ticketed events are either on a % ticket sale or % profit basis.